Following on from the recent Jisc Digifest conference, Neil Jacobs (Head of Scholarly Communications Support within Jisc), has blogged on Jisc plans for OA services. The blog post includes a helpful graphic (below) that Neil has used to summarise the services that Jisc either currently offer or are developing. These services are then mapped to a typical journal article lifecycle from submission, through acceptance and publication, to use.
Copyright: Jisc, 2015
Several members of the CRC staff attended the Jisc Digital Festival this week. Bill Hubbard spoke as part of the panel on Open Access: Jisc’s services to help you meet the funders’ requirements. This session gave an overview of a key set of Jisc national services and initiatives that support institutions across the lifecycle of open access, from the submission of a paper to a journal, to its download and use, enabling universities both to support their authors and readers, and comply with relevant policies from research councils and others. Bill spoke about the benefits of the SHERPA Services, including the efficiency gains at sector level and he also discussed findings from the recent Jisc SHERPA Services Survey.
The #Digifest15 programme included a number of sessions on aspects of open access and research data; the Jisc Slideshare channel has been populated with presentations, slides and other resources from sessions have already been uploaded to the website, and recordings will be published shortly.
In January Jisc invited members of UK-CORR (the professional organisation for UK open access repository administrators and managers) to contribute to a survey to better understand how people use SHERPA Services, how they can be developed in line with user needs, and to look at options for sustainability. The results indicate that the Services are liked, needed and valued and the level of detail provided will help shape the future of SHERPA Services. The CRC is very grateful to those members of UK-CORR who completed the survey.